There are few actors in Bollywood whose work I have followed ever since they embarked on their journey to glory. Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and a name that is newly added is Sushant Singh Rajput. Last I had seen the much hyped, ‘the’ legendary M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story. The story maybe different than our lives, but parts of it are too inspirational to not be included in our own.
Luckily, last week I came across an older work of Mr. Rajput. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!
A spectacular piece by Dibakar Banerjee. So well executed is the story telling, that even after it has ended you can’t pull yourself off it. Every minute detail has been very accurately dealt with. The story has been based on the character created in Bengali Detective book by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay.
I don’t know how Calcutta was in 1940s but the sets are convincingly true – trams, hand pulled rickshaws, British buildings, wooden houses (some still exist till date).
Costumes – remember how class defined dressing, as we had read in our History books all through the national struggle (and beyond). Men in dhoti with visible calf length socks, simple women in cotton sari, while exotic women in classier georgette versions. Moustaches to beard to circular rimmed glasses – all were given a thought.
And when you talk about Calcutta, and the Bengalis how can one forget the evergreen Paan (oh the pun!)
The plot. Engaging is too little. Engulfing should be more appropriate. With a fine choice of actors to credit, acting was effortless. You have seen Anand Tiwari on comedy shows, Meiyang Chang on reality television and of course Sushant on the cricket pitch. But one mention that cannot be missed is for the negative role. (Not taking the name, in case you accuse me of spilling the beans). One, the actor cruises superbly throughout the film, unrecognized. You know why it is important to have such flawless character in a detective movie. Second, the role is very well written. Till date, I have not seen a strong negative character with such foothold in the story, especially till the last minute.
Sad part? I don’t understand what the Indian audience is looking out for. This movie was no where mentioned out by the masses. Why is it only a critique specialty to laud such good efforts. This movie got one nomination (for the negative role), and that’s it?
The good part? There are some good Samaritans who continue working for the love of it, despite lack of appreciation and recognition.
2. NDTV.com – Movies
3. Hindustan Times